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THERE will be a record intake of S1s joining Lockerbie Academy this August.

In the past five years the academy’s roll has increased overall by 30 per cent and will be boosted even more with the arrival of 180 new pupils expected after the summer.

And there’s a bumper crop of P1 pupils joining the primary side also, with 55 boys and girls enrolling in just a two day period this week.

Brian Asher, campus head teacher, has praised the efforts of staff and pupils for helping to make Lockerbie a school that many want to call their own.

He said: “Lockerbie Academy will see the biggest ever S1 intake.

“Our P7 information evening this week was very well attended and I was able to share recent successes with our prospective parents such as: being the second top school in the region, behind the top by only 0.08 per cent; how five years ago only six per cent of fifth year pupils passed five highers compared to 21 per cent now, a rise of 350 per cent; attendance rates are well above the national average; and that exclusion rates are low and continuing to fall.”

He added: “Enrolments for P1 are ongoing this week and have exceeded our expectations in just two days – we expected 50 at the most and have 55 already.

“Lots of hard work is going on in the primary with strong partnership and support of the Parent Council.

“There’s been a huge drop in incidents and exclusions, showing the evidence of everyone’s efforts.”

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